from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any reptile of the order Squamata.
  • adj. squamose

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as squamose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In zoology, scaly; covered with scales or squamæ; squamose or squamigerous; specifically, of or pertaining to the Squamata, in any sense.
  • In anatomy, scale-like; forming or formed like a scale; squamous or squamiform: as, a squamate bone; squamate scales of cuticle.
  • In botany, same as squamose.


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  • The change in Hox gene regulation in the squamate ancestor did not immediately produce a limbless snake, instead it was an enabling mutation that opened the door to novel variations that did not compromise viability.

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  • The Cerrado Squamate inventory, funded by FAPESP (the State of São Paulo Research Foundation) and Conservation International (CI), recorded 253 squamate species, 73 more than the 180 previously known for the Cerrado savannas.

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  • These are the first new species described as a result of the largest inventory of squamate reptile diversity in the Brazilian Cerrado (one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots named by CI), concluded in 2006 by Nogueira during his doctoral studies at the University of São Paulo.

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  • As is seen in other squamate groups that have invaded cool, elevated places, toad-heads have evolved viviparity: this is present in just six Chinese species.

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  • The phylogeny of squamate reptiles pdf online images

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  • Iguania are a great example, by assumed relationships of morphological characters some of which were decidedly ambiguous they were placed at the based of the squamate tree.

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  • Because the Plestiodon fossil record, and the record of fossil skinks in general, are extremely poor, we used three fossil calibration age prior distributions from non-scincid fossil taxa whose phylogenetic placement in the squamate tree was recently inferred

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  • Repeated evolution of snake-like body form in squamate reptiles.

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